'Say Yes to the Dress' wins lawsuit over airing episode before bride-to-be's wedding day
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 03/25/2016
Say Yes to the Dress has won a lawsuit filed by bride-to-be Alexandra "Ali" Godino, who asked a judge for an injunction to prohibit TLC from airing an episode in which she is shown picking her wedding dress until after her wedding occurs in May.
Godino filmed an episode of Say Yes to the Dress in New York back on September 1 after she allegedly made an oral agreement with show producers to hold off on airing it until after her May 14 nuptials so her $20,000 dress could be a surprise for her fiance Jeff May, ABC News reported.
However, Godino, 27, reportedly learned a few weeks ago TLC planned to air her episode on Friday, March 25.
She begged producers not to, but after that didn't work, she filed a legal complaint and appeared in a Manhattan courtroom on Thursday.
"It really has kind of whirlwinded into this nightmare," Godino said Friday on Good Morning America.
"I'm pretty sure every woman who's ever been married or dreamt about getting married can understand."
Godino's request for an injunction was denied because a judge determined that if the episode aired, it would not cause her irreparable harm.
The judge's decision was also on the grounds she should have attempted to resolve the issue when she first discovered TLC's intended air date back in mid-February, according to the Daily Mail.
"Many of them have had their episodes air before their wedding and an air date is not promised or solidified at filming," TLC said in a statement.
"Given the court ruling, we will be moving forward with the originally slated airing of our episode."
Therefore, the world will see Godino's dress almost two months before she walks down the aisle.
"Everyone has already kind of seen me as a bride before I was actually a bride," Godino said.
Back in September, Godino reportedly traveled from her home in Las Vegas, NV, to NYC, where she bought her dream dress at Kleinfeld Bridal, the famous bridal shop where Say Yes to the Dress shoots its footage.
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Producers approached Godino about the opportunity to appear on their show because the original bride had bailed and they needed a quick replacement.
After Godino made an oral agreement about the episode's air date, she signed an appearance release form, ABC News reported.
Godino wrote in her legal complaint she purchased "one of the most elegant and expensive in the store."